More newness on deck troopers – We are going to head to Little Rock, Arkansas of all places to unveil the most recent offering from producer / MC KING BOOM…”Blockbuster” gets burn due to the off kilter, severely dusted out approach that usually activates my Hip Hop antennae….
Before JMJ was killed I used to be believe that certain Hip Hop heroes were not only protected – I truly thought that they were untouchable…Who and the hell would take out someone as groundbreaking, influential and respected worldwide as JMJ..15 years later we still do not have a clue as to what happened on that fateful evening…
It’s heartbreaking on many levels, and unfortunately I do not think we will ever know what really happened to J….
Last night I watched the “Who Killed Jam Master Jay” documentary and it brought back a lot of memories…If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly suggest you go to Netflix and catch a zone…
NOTABLY ABSENT FROM THE FILM –
Many of the HIP HOP BATTLEFIELD readers are familiar with HI-TECH (Not the one-time producer for Talib Kweli, but the one who dropped some solid 12’s in the mid -late 90’s)….His flow was sharp, he reminded me of B-1 in that regard….
It seemed like he was on the verge of dropping a full length, but for whatever reason he slipped off the radar like so many other talented artist from that time period….FFWD to 2018 the BACK TO THE BASICS label got their hands on a previously unreleased project by DJ SHOK & HI-TECH….PEEP.
A: Hi Tech – Drama
A: Hi Tech – Where Y’a At
A: Hi Tech – Heartless
A: Rated Raw – Live For Die For
A: Parallax & PFK – Sinister Scenarios
A: Hi Tech – Dr Who
B: Drama (Instrumental)
B: Where Y’a At (Instrumental)
B: Heartless (Instrumental)
B: Drama (Acapella)
B: Where Y’a At (Acapella)
B: Heartless (Acapella)
Always thought DARK LO sounded kinda ill over V-DON beats…When he stays in this lane the results are usually solid or at least entertaining….But when he swerves out of this pocket and starts rhyming over that jive shit – I usually keep it moving…
Luckily for us he recently reconnected with V-DON for more action on the “Timeless” album…If you haven’t heard it yet, you know the drill!!!!!
When dudes hit me over the head with all that “Hip Hop is over, ain’t nothing fresh out” talk – I just laugh to myself…If these cornballs would just put in a fraction of effort they would find some new jewelry to rock out with…I guess cats just want all the goodies handed to them, but in this new millennium it just doesn’t work that way….
I was coolin out the other day at a spot that was playing the new J-Cole album (Only heard one of his tracks previously), and I have to admit, it was some of the worst bullshit that I have ever heard in my motherfucking life…Long tirades about absolutely nothing, fluffy beats, and a real cheesy vibe to say the least..If you guys are content with accepting easily available nonsense like this, no wonder you are having trouble locating new Hip Hop that has some guts…HA.
RAY FOGES is a cat that has some NEW heat on deck…Be on the lookout for the “Sag 73” album…
To be honest with you, it always feels somewhat narcissistic and corny when I try to promote myself or describe certain things when it comes to my musical output…So if you haven’t heard the most recent beat tape by AYATOLLAH & myself (BOX CUTTER BROTHERS 5) take a look at how LEXI GLASS FROM KFJC – SAN JOSE waxed poetic about this project…
“2018 beat tape, the fifth in a series from the Boxcutter Brothers, a collaboration between California beatmaker Drasar Monumental and Ayatollah, a prolific producer from Queens. On Side A, Drasar represents the West Coast with five tracks of dense and adventurous sampling, (including some Bollywood dance tunes on A3, dark piano loops and electro beats on A4 and A5). But despite the beautiful backing tracks, the feel on this side is aggressive, violent, and razor sharp. Side B cuts the other way – Ayatollah delivers the more laid-back of the two sides, but it still crushes. Killer soul samples, heavy beats, and a couple of cameos from Sun Ra (B5- amazing) and Barry White (B6). From VENDETTA VINYL & local SF label 77 Rise. FCCs on A1, A4, A5”
1. Death Trap Chops
2. If This Blade Could Talk
4. Smoke Gentrification
5. Disco Razor Tag
1. No Biting Allowed
2. Feature Presentation
3. Rae Anime
4. Think It Through
5. Black And White
6. We Wont Know
My cuzzo ARCHITECT returns with NOWAAH THE FLOOD for round two in their “Trill Life Mathematics” series…Big up to ARCHITECT for getting better with time, keeping it dirty, and maintaining in numerous era’s…
1. Intro (Where I Am) – 0:00
2. The Forecast – 1:25
3. Broken Mirror – 3:04
4. Cameroon Spice – 5:45
5. 120* Feat Killa Kali – 7:34
6. Delivery Room – 10:30
7. The Time – 12:18
8. Crusades – 13:59
9. God U’s – 15:13
10. Land Of The Kutthroats – 17:51
11. King Tut – 20:01
12. On My Body Feat Ca$ablanca – 21:54
13. 5 Junes – 24:21
The KENTONE SKA comp by FEDERAL RECORDS is loaded with all types of heat…If your on the hunt for a power boost, do yourself a favor and catch a heavy zone..
1.The Sharks – You Made Me Warm (Acoustic Take) 02:49
2.Ernest Ranglin & Selected Group – Skalvouvia 02:56
3.Monarchs & Drumbago All Stars – All Of Me 02:24
4.Ernest Ranglin & Selected Group – Free Form 02:40
5.Eric Monty Morris – Blackman Ska 02:49
6.The Maytals – One Look 02:44
7.Ernest Ranglin & The Federal Band – Like Falling In Love 03:08
8.The Sharks & The Federal Studio Orchestra – You Made Me Warm 02:31
9.Eddie Perkins & Patsy – Take These Chains From My Heart 02:31
10.The Maytals – My Daily Food 01:36
11.Eddie Perkins – Baby Please Don’t Go 02:50
12.Eddie Perkins – I Am Blue 02:39
13.Federal Singers – Don’t Let Me Down 02:37
14.Federal Singers – Going Over The Mountain 02:37
DAN LISH is a name that is probably familiar to the majority of HIP HOP BATTLEFIELD readers, if not head over to his site and peep how he gets down…He recently included my brother MFGRIMM in the mix for a truly remarkable piece of work !!!!!
When you see fresh cover art like this you already know that most likely the contents inside will be solid…PHILL MOST CHILL
pops back on the set with new wax treats on the “Amazing Stories” project..
The EP is limited to 225 copies on orange colored vinyl, 20 copies on yellow vinyl and 50 traditional black copies.
It comes in a bundle together with a 7″ release of two more tracks and a press sheet.
A: 3rd Story
A: I’m Feelin’ Good
A: Rap On
B: Laughin’ In Ya Face
B: When Eye Droppit
B: Newstyles Oldstlyes Anystyles
B: U Don’t Want Nunna This
A: Get Me Back On Time
B: Baritone Tiplove For President
Yeah, Monday is here and I know you are on a quest for some official week starter heat, so without further delay here is a stellar mix by Philly selectors Duey FM & Tripledouble (Iron Chef)…They run the gamut when it comes to under the radar cuts…Be prepared for heavy drums, doubles, blends, and unpredictable composition troop…
“When visitors come to Philly, we try to give them a slice of life. Not just a taste of album covers and rotating wax, but the type of everyday culture that inspires our love for music. So on a whirlwind Spring afternoon, we trooped some out of town guests through crack-a-dawn fleas, street scapes, dusty shops, greasy Italian lunch counters and our home record sanctuaries.
This mix showcases the random assortment of records that crossed our path during that sunny day in Philadelphia.
Its also a small taste of the madness to come”.
I guess Christmas is coming early this year, because somehow Peter Agoston had the opportunity to chop it up for over two hours with the very elusive, mysterious enigma known as GODFATHER DON…You will be hard pressed to find a thorough interview with him anywhere, so consider yourselves blessed..
95 % of the time I thoroughly listen to the material I choose to post before letting it fly, but on general principle I have to rock this with a quickness..
It’s been a hot minute since I posted up another secret society demo to the HIP HOP BATTLEFIELD faithful….Instead of slapping you with some run of the mill, under the radar shit – this time around I’m going to venture into sub underground territory with Uptown NYC outfit REBELS OF HARLEM on the “I Play To Win Demo”….
Straight up raw uncut heat from 1992…Much respect to the HIDING PLACE spot for keeping me on my motherfucking toes….
The good folks over at the TIL INFINITY blog recently compiled a bunch of under the radar, strictly California joints on the “WESTAKOASTA #10” sessions…I don’t necessarily co-sign every song, but their is still enough rarities to hold your attention….
IMPRINTS – RECESS (1997) / ZAGU BROWN – JUS WORDS (1996)
JOSEPH YOUNG & ANONYMOUS – SUGA AND SADE (2000)
BAY AREA ART COLLECTIVE – BAYSIC 3000 (?)
SFSM – HISTORY (2014)
FANATIK FT/ AZEEM & RASHINEL – CONTROL (?)
CEEBROLISTICS – SPRING (1995)
THE BEDOUIN – GHETTO INPUT (1993?)
BASSLINE XCURSIONISTS – BUILD OR DESTROY (1997)
MZR AXEOM – FUEL FOR DESIRE (?)
HYPNOTIC THE NATIVE SON – QUANTUM MECHANICS (1998)
MIC.EDU – SURROGATE ROLE MODEL (1998)
INSOMNIAC – KILL TIME (2005)
THE JEDEYES – WE’RE RUNNING THIS (1997)
EYEDLMODE – HEADSETS (1995)
JAMES EK-SEL – DEMO (?)
DROP FROM A ROB ONE TAPE
RADIOINACTIVE – HAIR, SHOES & EYEBROWS PART II (2001)
SCARUB – OUR LIVES (2000)
L.I. NYC wordsmith LISAANDRO keeps the 2018 momentum pumping on this new cut “A Message To The Fans”…